Job Search Tips
Below is a very simple list of tips to help in your job search.
- Register on WorkInTexas.com at no charge.
- Focus your job search. Decide which fields you are most interested in pursuing.
- Create profiles on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. Although these sites are not available at the Workforce Solutions offices, you can easily access them at home or other public sites such as the library.
- Connect with your contacts. Connect with people you know to make them aware that you are seeking a new job.
- Use the resource office at the Workforce Solutions offices, which gives you access to computers, supplies, and one-on-one assistance.
- Create a list of companies you are interested in and research them.
- Find job listings on job search engine sites, newspapers and company websites (and don't forget WorkInTexas.com).
- If you land an interview, be sure to research the company before you go and dress appropriately.
Cover Letter and Resume
- Make sure your resume is readable. Make sure the format is logical and easy to follow. Do not use small, hard-to-read fonts.
- A resume writing software is available at the Workforce Solutions resource offices to help develop a customized resume and cover letter for each user. The software even offers common interview questions and interview tips to help the job seeker prepare for future interviews.
- The cover letter is an opportunity to highlight or explain more fully any special qualifications/experience you have.
- Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job.
- Proofread, proofread, and proofread. Do not rely just on your spell check; do a content check and read your resume and cover letter.
- Place your qualifications at the beginning. Let them know you have the basic qualifications for the job.
- Show your achievements and results.
- Think of your resume as how you would present yourself to prospective employers.
Interview and Preparation
- Remember the interview begins long before the actual interview takes place. You are being evaluated with every contact (resume, cover letter, phone call, etc.).
- See this link for sample interview questions.
- Please ensure you have a reliable method of leaving messages for potential employers and ensure your answering machine/service has a professional sounding message.
- Many employers will give you a job description prior to the interview. This will give you another chance to interact with the person who will be interviewing you and give you some meaningful information about the expectations of the position.
- Show you have prepared for the interview - visit the library ahead of time, go to their website, read their annual report, etc.
- Dress professionally.
- Expect situational questions and prepare for them ahead of time.
- Prepare any questions you may have about the position.
- The Interviewer is aware you are likely to be nervous; they do take this into consideration.
- If more than one person is interviewing you, remember to address everyone who is interviewing you.